In our last blog, we looked at two common hazards that you and your Corgi should avoid while out and about this summer. Summer isn’t over yet, and neither are the dangers specific to this season. Here are three more common hazards you must avoid to keep your Corgi safe this summer.
- Heatstroke/Heat Exhaustion – We know you know better than to exercise your Corgi when it’s excessively hot, and we hope you NEVER leave your Corgi in a car no matter if the A/C is on or not! But if your Corgi does happen to get caught out in the heat and you suspect heatstroke, remove them from the heat immediately and put them in a shower or bathtub (do not submerge their head) and run cool water over their body, paying extra attention to the back of their head and neck. Offer your dog cool water to drink but don’t force them. Call your vet and let them know you suspect heatstroke and are bringing your Corgi in right away.
Symptoms of heatstroke: excessive panting, drooling, confusion, red gums, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness.
- “Dry” Drowning – Chances are, you may not have heard of “dry” drowning. Drowning on dry land is impossible, right? Unfortunately, no. Dry drowning can occur when your dog gulps in water and it gets into the lungs or other sections of the airway. In the vocal cords, water can cause spasms that make breathing difficult. In the lungs, it can lead to serious complications or even death. This “secondary drowning” or “dry drowning” can happen hours or days after your dog has gulped in water. It need not have happened in a pool or lake or even while swimming, either. Your Corgi can aspirate water just as easily during a bath. If you suspect your Corgi is experiencing dry drowning, get to the emergency vet right away.
Symptoms of “dry” drowning: coughing, wheezing, chest pain, lethargy.
- Scorching Pavement – As much as we encourage you to walk your Corgi (most dogs nowadays don’t get enough exercise), during the summer months you must check the pavement first. When questioning whether or not the pavement is too hot to walk your Corgi, employ the “rule of seven”. Hold the back of your hand to the pavement. If you can hold it there for seven seconds without discomfort, it’s ok for your Corgi to walk on. Remember this rule for any artificial surface (gravel, astroturf, etc.) as well.
We hope you and your Corgi get outside (when the temperature is safe) and enjoy the rest of the summer! Let us know in Comments other ways you protect your Corgi against seasonal hazards this summer!